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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Bottomless Pit

Jim and Artie must free an undercover American agent from Devil's Island, and must cope with a fastidious Commandant, an iron-legged guard captain, and a treacherous woman.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 6608
Airdate: Friday November 04th, 1966

Director: Robert Sparr
Writer: Ken Kolb

Guest Stars
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As Gustave Mauvais (as Theo Marcuse)

Co-Guest Stars
Joan HuntingtonJoan Huntington
As Camille Mauvais
Chuck OChuck O'Brien
As Couteau (Andre Couteau)
Gregg MartellGregg Martell
As Guard B
Tom DrakeTom Drake
As Vincent Reed
Mabel AlbertsonMabel Albertson
As Mrs. Grimes
Steve FrankenSteve Franken
As Le Fou
Fred CarsonFred Carson
As Le Cochou
Ernest MiskoErnest Misko
As Guard A (as Ernie Misko)

Dick CangeyDick Cangey
As Convict
Whitey HughesWhitey Hughes
As Pier Guard
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


At the embarkation point for Devil’s Island, the guards bring a line of prisoners to the boat. They are processed and march onto the pier, and one man is suddenly grabbed from below and pulled into the water. When the guards pull him out, they are unaware that a switch has been made: the new prisoner is James West. As the boat rows away, Artie and the original prisoner, Andre Couteau, hide beneath the dock. Artie tells Couteau to keep quiet and that everything is going according to plan...

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Episode Notes
Theo Marcuse also plays Hubert Crandee, Camille's husband-to-be, at the end of the episode.

Corner Slides
Lower Left: Vincent Reed examining the unconscious Jim West.
Lower Right: Jim escaping the pit only to find himself at gunpoint.
Upper Right: Commandant Mauvais confronting Jim, Reed, and Artie.
Upper Left: The Wanderer departs.

Episode Quotes
Couteau: I... but I don't get it. He's letting them take him to Devil's Island.
Artemus: Yup. So far, so good.
Couteau: But why would he want to spend twenty years in hell?
Artemus: Probably just a whim.

Guard A: To the... to the Commandant? What would the Commandant want with vermin like you?
James: To join him for a cup of mint tea or watercress sandwich, I suppose. (the guards prepare to beat him) And to make my usual undercover report about the inefficiency of prison personnel.

Vincent Reed: Le Fou. he's been here too long. Well, in his own way he's managed to escape his environment. I almost admire him.
James: Don't envy him. You'll be doing the same thing very shortly.
Vincent Reed: What do you mean? It would take some kind of a miracle.
James: Nowadays miracles come in the oddest shape and sizes.

Gustave Mauvais: All in all, this is one of the worst service records I’ve ever seen. It’s a testimony to your treachery, cowardice, cruelty, and dishonesty. You should do well here.

Le Cochou: This poor Gaspar.
Gustave Mauvais: Yes. It's a pity in a way. On the other hand, I never really quite trusted him in spite of his record. I seem to detect some lingering shred of decency.

Artemus: James, my boy, you'll never guess who we have approaching from outside this very minute.
James: Give me a clue, Artie. Animal, mineral, or vegetable?
Artemus: Well, think of silk, satins, laces, uh, tassels. Blonde hair.
James: Well, that could be almost anyone.
Artemus: How about a feather boa?
James: Camille.
Artemus: Right.

Episode Goofs
As the guard escorts Jim up the secret passage to Camille's bedroom, the lamp that is supposedly the only light sources casts a shadow on the wall, which is impossible. As the guard goes up the stairs, the off-screen spots switch on and then off as he passes, rather than following the lamp.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
Executive ProducerMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingJames Lister (2)
MusicHarry Geller
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorAlbert Heschong
Film EditorAlan Jaggs
Assistant DirectorMike Moder
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
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